Incarceration and Reentry

Getting out of prison (also known as re-entry) can be incredibly stressful and pose many challenges, including the need to secure housing and employment, and re-connecting with family and friends. At the same time, while some medical needs may have been addressed in prison, issues like substance abuse and mental illness may not have been addressed at all. Seeing a qualified professional therapist can help with the transition back into society outside of prison. Therapy can provide tools to help solve problems, deal with social situations, and to control anger – in addition to helping with substance abuse issues. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s incarceration and re-entry specialists today.

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I have worked with incarcerated individuals for a number of years, specifically with individuals convicted of sexual crimes. These individuals come from various cultural backgrounds with history of trauma, dysfunction, and unhealthy environments. In working with these individuals, I have built a skillset that assists in addressing past and present problematic behaviors and thought patterns while preparing for reintegration into the community.

— Tiffanie Rodriguez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

I have 6 years experience working with inmates and those preparing for reentry.

— Jenna Ostrowski, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Falmouth, ME

I have worked for over a decade with individuals who have lived through the criminal justice system. I strongly believe that you have the potential to make valuable contributions to society. I have a solid understanding of the barriers that make reentry a challenge to those who want to reconnect with their friends, family and society. I will work collaboratively with you to build a positive reentry plan and develop the skills needed to succeed in building a good life for yourself.

— Brian Finnerty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collingswood, NJ

Volunteering with court-involved people for more than a decade is how I came to the field of therapy, and I continue to love supporting people who are caught up in these massive systems of control. Mass incarceration has traumatized communities and families, and continues to do so every day. I work closely with attorneys to provide context for how trauma impacts court-involvement, and am also happy to provide psychological evaluations for court-involved persons at an attorney or judge's request.

— Rachel Smith, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

I enjoy helping those that are struggling from zero. Having nothing and starting life from scratch seems tough. I know it is a rut to get out of and start fresh without baggage. Bag and baggage is when to go home and get out of jail to the outside world feeling numb and adjusting to society seems like a party. Rules that don't apply to us and wanting o do the whole world appears easy. Thinking, behavior, and consequences are the key.

— Dale Komoda, Counselor in Honolulu, HI

I have worked in male and female state prisons, a community corrections facility for males and in a federal prison.

— Anastasia Gand, Post-Doctoral Fellow

During my time working for The Center for Health Care Services I enjoyed working with those on felony probation and parole. I truly enjoyed working with my clients to help them adjust to reentry into the community and learn different strategies to work toward a better future.

— Margaret Bean, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Antonio, TX

Former contractor with Federal probation/pretrial services - provided individual, couples, family, and group counseling to individuals re-entering society following a period of Federal incarceration ranging from 1-25+ years. Worked with pretrial clients preparing for sentencing and surrender. Experience with clients with wide range of criminal histories from white-collar crimes, racketeering, to sex offenses.

— Anastasia Mongra, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I have worked with people who were found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity to help them reintegrate into the community after release from custody. I have also worked with individuals who were Unfit to Stand Trial to help them gain fitness and work through the trial process. I have close relationships with judges, attorneys, probation officers, and law enforcement officers. I can help someone at whatever stage they may be in the justice system.

— Matt Kindler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Beloit, WI

I worked in the North Carolina prison system and had the opportunity to establish and facilitate art therapy programs for groups and individuals in male, female, and juveniles facilities. I ran years of groups for folks returning to the community from prison. I have also worked to support families with loved ones who are incarcerated.

— Erika Bowser, Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Rodriguez is a forensic mental health evaluator which allows her to serve as an evaluator and expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. She is known in the legal community for her ability to connect with people and for her willingness to take on challenging cases. Once you step into her office, you will feel no judgement from Dr. Rodriguez. She understands that people make mistakes and if they are ready to move forward, she will assist them.

— Kate Rodriguez, Licensed Professional Counselor in CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

I worked for nearly two years within an addictions treatment program at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, and then for another year+ in an outpatient clinic for individuals, primarily men, on federal probation after their re-entry from being incarcerated. These experiences and the learning I have done sense has made me passionate about the cyclical nature of trauma on people who are incarcerated and the systemic obstacles facing their successful re-entry to society.

— Lisa Kays, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in WASHINGTON, DC

As a clinician, I worked for 2 years with AB109 probationers to reintegrate back into the community after spending various lengths in time in our jail/prison system. I have also run groups in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility focusing on preparation for what was to come. I love to instill hope and build upon strengths to remind individuals that they are important and can make desired life changes.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA